MOTHER SUPERIA – DA ROCK BOTTOM (INTERVIEW)MOTHER SUPERIA – DA ROCK BOTTOM (INTERVIEW)

Words & Interview By Jake Paine

Somewhere between the bass-backed First Amendment trailblazing of Uncle Luke and the boisterous thuggery of Trick Daddy is Mother Superia. Putting “the Bottom” (as she knew it) on the map, this Rap visionary dismissed notions of fortune and fame from the beginning, simply enjoying a therapeutic outlet to release her perspectives as a B-girl growing up in Miami in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Years before Trina’s own rise to stardom, Mother Superia was not only opening up shows, she was tearing them down. Proving Miami’s naysayers wrong, this MC was winning over friendships and accolades from the likes of everybody from GZA to KRS-One. Eventually signing an album deal with Island Records in the mid-‘90s, the artist went to work with her peers, and prepared Levitation, an LP boasting work from Redman, Blastmasta, and many other esteemed peers. Despite a GZA-directed video, various singles serviced to DJs and radio, it just never happened as planned. A mother since before the deals, Superia returned home, and put music in the backseat. Continue Reading

 
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GUNPLAY: GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN (INTERVIEW)GUNPLAY: GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN (INTERVIEW)

Words and Interview by Jake Paine

Gunplay and Jay Electronica have more in common than one might think.

Both artists, well into their thirties are newly privy to major label record contracts, following respective decades of paying dues. Each rapper commanded the spotlight, independent of their high-profile friendships and backers, through simply going against the grain, and studying the masters.

As for Gunplay, born Richard Morales, Jr., the road taken was far from a straight path. Even newfound fans and listeners know that the longtime Florida makes no secret of his combined source of income or inspiration. A gangsta’s gangsta rapper, Gunplay’s lyrics, his visuals, his live-show and even his interviews break the mold. Whether we’re watching or not, Gunplay just is. Continue Reading

 
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“DIGGIN IN THE FILES: OUTKAST” – BY BILL ADLER“DIGGIN IN THE FILES: OUTKAST” – BY BILL ADLER

As my old pal Michael Gonzales and others have noted, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the release of Outkast’s debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.  Combined with DJ EFN’s enduring affection for the album and the crew, this red-letter date is all the excuse we need to dive back into their files.

Andre Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton were just 18 years old when that first album dropped.  Highschool classmates in Atlanta, they’d started out calling themselves The Misfits, then settled on OutKast.  The idea is the same in both cases.  As Dre explained to Tomika DePriest in a story published by RapPages in September of 1994:  “You brown skin, you’re an outcast – to society, anyway.” Continue Reading

 
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JAY Z SUED OVER…ONE SYLLABLE?JAY Z SUED OVER…ONE SYLLABLE?

The Guardian has a crazy article about how Hov is catching a case over a single sampled “Oh.” The patent trolls company that now owns the rights to Eddie Bo’s catalog is coming at the rapper’s neck for a (very) small sample in “Run This Town.” Find out more and check out the two songs back-to-back after the jump. Continue Reading

 
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DREAM HAMPTON ON ‘PACDREAM HAMPTON ON ‘PAC

To commemorate the anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s passing, the great dream hampton penned a touching essay for Medium’s brand-new music magazine Cuepoint about her reactions to hearing Pac’s recently unearthed 1993 phone call with Sanyika Shakur. Read it here, and make sure you have some hankies nearby.

 
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DENZEL CURRY FEAT. YUNG SIMMIE & ROBB BANK$ – “THREATZ”DENZEL CURRY FEAT. YUNG SIMMIE & ROBB BANK$ – “THREATZ”

This isn’t a new video but it is probably new to a lot of you and in light of filming a video with Denzel last night (for DJ EFN’s “Another Time” album) we wanted to post. Why? cuz we can! Enjoy some up and coming Miami talent!

 
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AN ORAL HISTORY OF BAD BOYAN ORAL HISTORY OF BAD BOY

GQ brings the goods with interviews from Russell, Puff, Andre, Mase, and lots more first-name-only-needed folks. Check it here.

 
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